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Caribbean Tourism Organization calls for US/Caribbean strategic alliance

August 22, 2017
Caribbean Tourism Organization calls for US/Caribbean strategic alliance NEW YORK, USA -- The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has called for a formal partnership between the region's tourism sector and those responsible for implementing the United States-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act, known as HR 2939. The Act, which was passed in the United States...

Powerball jackpot now at US$700 million: How Caribbean residents can participate

August 21, 2017
Powerball jackpot now at US$700 million: How Caribbean residents can participate With no winners, the US Powerball lottery rolled over again on Saturday night and the jackpot now stands at an astonishing US$700 million. "With a jackpot above the half-billion dollar mark, Powerball tickets are selling like solar eclipse glasses – but tickets are much easier to find in stores," said lottery...

Caribbean residents eye half-billion-dollar Powerball jackpot

August 18, 2017
Caribbean residents eye half-billion-dollar Powerball jackpot With no winner on Wednesday night, Caribbean residents are eying Powerball’s astonishing US$510 million jackpot! With the Powerball jackpot at such an incredible amount ticket sales are starting to pick up even more, which will send the jackpots higher still. Eventually, this cycle of increased...

$430 million US Powerball jackpot making headlines in the Caribbean!

August 14, 2017
$430 million US Powerball jackpot making headlines in the Caribbean! News outlets around the world are covering Powerball’s astonishing jackpot! With the Powerball jackpot at such an incredible amount ticket sales are starting to pick up, which will send the jackpots higher still. Eventually, this cycle of increased ticket sales and explosive jackpot growth could lead to a...

Safeguarding Bob Marley with 'So Much Things to Say'

August 12, 2017
Safeguarding Bob Marley with 'So Much Things to Say' In reviewing Roger Steffens’s latest book, “So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley”, Hua Hsu asserts in The New Yorker that Steffens’s contribution to the Marley canon is his “nerdish monomania.” But Steffens, who invited me to tour his overstuffed “Reggae Archives” in L.A., epitomizes cool...

Will Trump's presidency impact the Caribbean?

August 11, 2017
Will Trump's presidency impact the Caribbean? DUBLIN, Ireland -- Donald Trump has been no stranger to controversy since he was elected in 2016. His mannerisms, volatility and divisive policies have come to shape people’s view of him as a wildcard and potential threat to the global status quo. America is undoubtedly one of the most powerful...

Book Review: Search for Place in Mystic Masseur

August 4, 2017
Book Review: Search for Place in Mystic Masseur Trinidadian born and London based Nobel laureate, Sir V.S. Naipaul wrote his first novel, the Mystic Masseur, in 1957. The central theme of the novel deals with the disenchantment, displacement, mental damaging effects and dynamics of the postcolonial Trinidad and the Caribbean half-made societies.

CDB establishes Cultural and Creative Industries Innovation Fund

July 31, 2017
CDB establishes Cultural and Creative Industries Innovation Fund BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has announced that it will provide the initial capitalisation for a multi-donor fund to improve the competitiveness of the cultural and creative industries sector in its borrowing member countries (BMCs). The bank is making an initial...

CDB, UN Women to support data collection on gender-based violence in Caribbean

July 29, 2017
CDB, UN Women to support data collection on gender-based violence in Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and UN Women have signed an agreement to support a common approach to measuring gender-based violence (GBV) in the Caribbean. Although GBV, in particular violence against women and girls, affects much of the region, many countries...

Caribbean measurement scientists equipped to train others

July 29, 2017
Caribbean measurement scientists equipped to train others BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Efforts are being made to equip the Caribbean’s measurement scientists (metrologists) with training skills to assist industry in addressing their calibration needs as well as their counterparts in National Metrology Institutes (NMIs) across the region. Eighteen such metrologists...

Inside Paradise: The Visibly Invisible: The hidden pain of social exclusion

July 29, 2017
Inside Paradise: The Visibly Invisible: The hidden pain of social exclusion As I approached her room I did not know what to expect. I had not seen her in months and all attempts to connect with her had proven futile. Her absence was noticeable and uncomfortable, making it seem as if she had vanished from the face of the Earth. As a dear friend and ally, Selma supported me...

CDB approves funding to enhance regional emergency response procedures

July 27, 2017
CDB approves funding to enhance regional emergency response procedures BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a grant to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) to assist with the review and strengthening of emergency response procedures in participating states. Daniel Best, director of projects...

Feature: A guide for the savvy journalist in a world of ever-decreasing privacy

July 21, 2017
Feature: A guide for the savvy journalist in a world of ever-decreasing privacy Many veteran journalists, but not only these, surely noticed that we are all of a sudden bombarded again from all-over with mentions of Watergate. Books like George Orwell’s 1984 are on display at bookstores and an air of danger to freedom of speech and freedom of the press is spreading slowly slowly like a...

Inside Paradise: Standing on the shoulders of giants, we outlawed child marriage

July 15, 2017
Inside Paradise: Standing on the shoulders of giants, we outlawed child marriage Every media house carried the news on June 9, 2017. This day was a historic one for Trinidad and Tobago and the seen and unseen actions of all will forever be etched in the annals of history as a memorial of all those who acted to protect human rights, promote gender equality, dignity and liberty.

Port development, funding among major Brexit-related issues raised by British territories

July 13, 2017
Port development, funding among major Brexit-related issues raised by British territories LONDON, England (WINN) -- How will Britain leaving the European Union impact on the UK’s Overseas Territories and what kind of benefits can these territories, including those in the Caribbean, gain from Brexit? Those were among the questions asked by a European Union Committee that held an...

Feature: Raising charity one child at a time

July 13, 2017
Feature: Raising charity one child at a time On June 27, 2017, Aveeno Campbell, a promising five-year-old, became the first recipient of Carleas’ Dream Initiative award. The JA$50,000 (US$391) bursary was made possible due to Carleas’ efforts and the kind patronage of Regina Franklin and Dr Renee Reynolds PMP, in support of a little girl's...

Caribbean attorney predicted use of social media to attack US

July 4, 2017
Caribbean attorney predicted use of social media to attack US WASHINGTON, USA -- In a series of communications starting as long ago as February 2014, an attorney at law in the Eastern Caribbean alerted Facebook and US federal government agencies about the use of fake or fictitious social media accounts that were being used to the detriment of...

Relationships: True intimacy is more than just sex...

July 4, 2017
Relationships: True intimacy is more than just sex... Hollywood has dramatically distorted our notions of romance and what makes passion burn. Real-life romance is fueled by staying connected; it is kept alive each time you let your partner know there value during the ups and downs of everyday life. Comical as it sounds, romance actually grows when...

Migrants send home 51 percent more money than a decade ago, says new report

July 3, 2017
Migrants send home 51 percent more money than a decade ago, says new report NEW YORK, USA -- The amount of money migrants send to their families in developing countries has risen by 51 percent over the past decade – far greater than the 28 percent increase in migration from these countries, according to a new report released by the International Fund for Agricultural...

CDB rolls out training programme to support regional institutional reform in 19 countries

June 29, 2017
CDB rolls out training programme to support regional institutional reform in 19 countries BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has introduced a training initiative to help governments of its 19 borrowing member countries (BMCs) more effectively manage policies, programmes and projects. One course participant, and one institution at a time, the Public Policy...

US releases multi-year strategy for engagement with the Caribbean

June 22, 2017
US releases multi-year strategy for engagement with the Caribbean WASHINGTON, USA -- Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY), ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), the chairman emeritus of the committee, on Monday announced the release of a new US government strategy on future engagement...

Montreal hosts 18th edition of Taste of the Caribbean

June 20, 2017
Montreal hosts 18th edition of Taste of the Caribbean MONTREAL, Canada -- A Taste of the Caribbean is returning for its 18th edition and will kick off the summer festival season in the Old Port of Montreal. Coinciding with the summer solstice and the St-Jean Baptiste holiday, what better way to welcome the summer and celebrate Quebec ... Caribbean style!

Relationships: The foundation is important...

June 8, 2017
Relationships: The foundation is important... Half of all marriages end in divorce. One main reason is that the foundation was not solid. If you are married, even if you aren’t, it is important that your personal relationships are built on a solid foundation. If you are going to build something that will last, you must have a plan. Part of that plan, and an important one...

Former USVI senator searches for the identity of the '1855 mysterious mulatto from the Danish West Indies'

May 30, 2017
Former USVI senator searches for the identity of the '1855 mysterious mulatto from the Danish West Indies' ST CROIX, USVI -- The people of Denmark and the US Virgin Islands – art historians, museum directors, archivists, researchers, former colonial families, genealogists, and the general public – are being asked to help uncover the identity of arguably the most mysterious woman in European colonial art.

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Hello gorgeous, mental health is important

May 29, 2017
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Hello gorgeous, mental health is important Navigating "Island" Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue: Hello gorgeous, mental health is important – A little mental health...

High crime rates in the Caribbean require new evidence-based policy approach, says IDB study

May 23, 2017
High crime rates in the Caribbean require new evidence-based policy approach, says IDB study WASHINGTON, USA -- The Caribbean region needs to redirect its anti-crime efforts in favor of more interventions that are evidence-based and targeted at high-risk individuals and geographic areas, with improved monitoring of police and justice systems, a study by the Inter-American Development Bank...

US Powerball jackpot jumps to $250 million, try your luck this Wednesday!

May 22, 2017
US Powerball jackpot jumps to $250 million, try your luck this Wednesday! The US Powerball jackpot is in the headlines once again as it rolls over and climbs to $250 million. Now that the Powerball jackpot has passed $250 million, people will be clamoring to get tickets, which will send the jackpot higher still. Eventually, this cycle of increased ticket sales and explosive...

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